Preservation in situ
Preservation in situ is the term used to refer to the conservation of an archaeological asset in its original location. It can describe situations when a site is preserved as part of a development scheme, but also refers to the long-term management of wetland archaeological sites.
Critical to the success of any preservation in situ scheme is that the below-ground environment is understood fully, particularly before construction or land-use change begins. Where development does take place over archaeological sites every effort should be made to minimise the harm to the significance of the site. This is explained in more detail in the guidance below.
Forthcoming guidance: Updated guidance on land contamination and archaeology
We are currently updating this document to recognise legislative changes that have taken place in the last 10 years and hope to publish the revised version in early 2017. The approaches and general content of the original document are still exceptionally useful.
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